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12/29/2009
Anchor Retaining Ring for AeroTech 38mm RMS Reload Adapter System Now Available
The anchor retaining ring (P/N 38FCRRA) for the AeroTech 38mm RMS™ reload adapter system is now available, and is priced at $19.99 MSRP.

The anchor retaining ring is an accessory to the previously released 4-piece adapter system (P/N 38RAS), which retails for $29.99. The new retaining ring has a central 5/16-18 thread for a forged eyebolt or similar recovery attachment and is vented to allow passage of ejection charge gases. The anchor retaining ring can only be used with the reload adapter system when one or more case spacers are present in the motor assembly.

The 38mm AeroTech RMS reload adapter system allows the use of shorter (lower power) RMS reload kits within a specific motor casing, reducing the number of cases necessary to fly a wide range of AeroTech reloads. Customers can save money and expand the versatility of their existing 38mm RMS hardware at the same time.

Instructions for the 38mm reload adapter system can be downloaded in PDF format from the "Instructions" page of the AeroTech Resource Library.
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11/20/2009
AeroTech Announces 2009 Economic Stimulus Sale
Well it`s a year later, and the U.S. government still hasn`t done anything significant to help the average Joe, Jane or small business in this economy. So AeroTech is once again doing its part by offering its authorized dealers and distributors significant incentives through the end of November as part of an "AeroTech 2009 Economic Stimulus Sale".

The sale includes all AeroTech model rocket and high power rocket products, and in-stock RMS™ motor hardware. Now is the time to place orders with your participating dealer to stock up for the 2010 flying season. AeroTech products also make great Christmas gifts for your favorite rocket enthusiast!

The sale ends Monday, November 30, although participating dealers may choose to continue offering incentives to consumers beyond that date.
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11/2/2009
AeroTech Lowers Retail Prices on High-Power RMS Reload Kits
As a result of AeroTech locating several high-quality sources of lower-cost Ammonium Perchlorate (AP) oxidizer, AeroTech has reduced suggested retail prices on its entire line of high-power Reloadable Motor System™ (RMS™) rocket motor reload kits.

While there are a few exceptions (certain Warp-9™ reloads are higher), retail prices on the the majority of the high-power RMS reload kit line have been reduced as follows:

29mm RMS Reload Kits
RMS-29/60 (1-grain) $11.99
RMS-29/100 (2-grain) $13.99
RMS-29/120 (2-grain) $14.99
RMS-29/180 (3-grain) $16.99
RMS-29/240 (4-grain) $19.99
RMS-29/360 (6-grain) $27.99

38mm RMS Reload Kits
RMS-38/120 (1-grain) $14.99
RMS-38/240 (2-grain) $19.99
RMS-38/360 (3-grain) $29.99
RMS-38/480 (4-grain) $39.99
RMS-38/600 (5-grain) $44.99
RMS-38/720 (6-grain) $49.99
RMS-38/1080 (9-grain) $68.99

54mm RMS Reload Kits
RMS-54/426 (1-grain) $49.99
RMS-54/852 (2-grain) $69.99
RMS-54/1280 (3-grain) $84.99
RMS-54/1706 (4-grain) $104.99
RMS-54/2560 (6-grain) $149.99
RMS-54/2800 (K1050W) $159.99

75mm RMS Reload Kits
RMS-75/1280 (K1499N) $134.99
RMS-75/2560 (2-grain) $129.99
RMS-75/3840 (3-grain) $188.99
RMS-75/5120 (4-grain) $239.99
RMS-75/6400 (5-grain) $298.99
RMS-75/7680 (M1850W) $394.99

98mm RMS Reload Kits
RMS-98/2560 (1-grain) $164.99
RMS-98/5120 (2-grain) $278.99
RMS-98/7680 (3-grain) $428.99
RMS-98/10240 (4-grain) $568.99
RMS-98/15360 (6-grain) $798.99

AeroTech’s revised high-power RMS retail price list is now available for download in PDF and Excel formats from the "Order Forms & Price Lists" page of the Resource Library.
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10/29/2009
NAR Certifies New AeroTech E20W Motor
The National Association of Rocketry (NAR) Standards & Testing (S&T) Committee has certified AeroTech’s new E20W model rocket motor.

The motor features an all-new molded phenolic casing with a built-in thrust ring, a molded delay/ejection bulkhead and ships with a FirstFire Jr.™ 2-lead igniter. Delay times will be initially offered in 4 and 7 seconds, though a 10 second delay was also certified. The suggested retail price of the new E20W is $19.99 per 2-pack.

NAR certified test values include a total impulse of 35.0 N-sec, burn time of 1.60 seconds, peak thrust of 34.9 newtons and an average thrust of 21.8 newtons.

The motors will soon be in production and shipments to dealers and distributors are expected to begin within the next few weeks.

The NAR certification document for the new E20W is now available for download in PDF format from the "Certification Documents" page of the AeroTech Resource Library. The E20W motor instructions are also available for download from the "Instructions" page of the Library.
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10/26/2009
Tripoli Motor Testing Certifies 38mm RMS Reload Adapter System, Five New High-Power RMS Reload Kits
The Tripoli Motor Testing (TMT) committee of the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA) has tested and approved a number of new AeroTech products.

38mm RMS Reload Adapter System
The previously-announced 38mm AeroTech RMS™ reload adapter system (P/N 38RAS) is now TMT-approved and allows the use of shorter (lower power) RMS reload kits within a specific motor casing, reducing the number of cases necessary to fly a wide range of AeroTech reloads. Customers will save money and expand the versatility of their existing 38mm RMS hardware at the same time. The reload adapter system includes the "floating" forward closure, a standard retaining ring and two case spacers. MSRP is $29.99.

N3300R-PS Reload Kit For 98/15360 Hardware
The largest of the newly-certified reload kits is the eagerly-anticipated N3300R-PS (P/N 14330P). This Redline™ propellant reload delivers a total impulse of 14,041 newton seconds during a burn time of 4.4 seconds, with a peak thrust of over 950 pounds. Propellant weight is 7,338 grams and the loaded weight is 12,054 grams. The N3300R generates Redline`s signature intense laser-red exhaust plume with highly visible "mach diamonds". It fits AeroTech, Dr. Rocket™ or Rouse-Tech™ RMS-98/15360 hardware and is offered at an MSRP of $798.99.

75/5120 and 98/7680 KEB Signature Line New Blue Thunder Reloads
TMT also certified two core-burning Karl E. Baumann (KEB™) Signature Line™ reloads, the 75/5120 M1780NT-PS (P/N 13178P) and the 98/7680 M1845NT-PS (P/N 13184P). Both reloads use AeroTech`s high-performance New Blue Thunder™ formulation which delivers a specific impulse in the 220-224 second range, and produce a beautiful lavender-blue exhaust jet with distinct mach diamonds. The M1780NT-PS generates 5,783 N-sec of total impulse over a burn time of 3.1 seconds with a peak thrust of nearly 600 pounds. The M1845NT-PS produces 8,308 newton-seconds total impulse with a burn time of 4.4 seconds and a peak thrust of about 550 pounds. Propellant weights are 2,480 grams for the M1780NT-PS and 3,718 grams for the M1845NT-PS. Loaded weights are 4,715 grams and 6,682 grams respectively. MSRPs are $239.99 for the M1780NT-PS and $428.99 for the M1845NT-PS.

J99N-P Endburning Reload for 54/852 Hardware
A new end-burning KEB Signature Line reload was approved, the 54/852 J99N-P (P/N 10099P). This Warp-9™ propellant motor delivers 945 newton-seconds total impulse with a burn time of 10.2 seconds. The initial (peak) thrust is 32 pounds gradually tapering to approximately 17 lbs just before burnout. Propellant weight is 480 grams and the loaded weight is 899 grams. This reload requires the use of a new 54mm aft closure that accepts the smaller 29 & 38mm molded nozzle inserts, P/N 54ACCSN, and a 54mm forward closure bulkhead plug, P/N 54FCBP. The new 54mm aft closure will also be used on a number of new and redesigned 54mm reload kits to be released in the near future. MSRP for the J99N-P is $79.99, the small nozzle aft closure is $39.99 and the bulkhead plug is $19.99.

New 38/1320 Motor Case and J510W-L Reload
Finally, TMT tested a totally new 38mm RMS motor configuration, a 38/1320 motor case (P/N 3813CA) loaded with a J510W-L reload kit (P/N 10510L). The 38/1320 motor is essentially an "11-grain" design and is 23.0" in length. However, the J510W-L reload actually uses six (6) longer White Lightning™ grains and produces over 1,162 newton-seconds of total impulse with a burn time of 2.2 seconds and a peak thrust of 250 pounds. Propellant weight is 640 grams and total weight is 1080 grams. The new 38/1320 motor case includes a forward seal disk and will retail for $89.99. The MSRP of the J510W-L reload kit is $79.99.

AeroTech anticipates that shipments of the new products to its dealers will begin within 2-6 weeks.

Motor instructions, assembly drawings and the official TRA certification documents for the five new reloads will soon be available for download in PDF format from the AeroTech Resource Library.
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10/22/2009
AeroTech Unveils New E20W Model Rocket Motor at 2009 iHobby Expo
AeroTech Consumer Aerospace is introducing a new 24mm `E`-class single-use model rocket motor in new retail packaging at the 2009 iHobby Expo trade show in Chicago, IL held during October 22 through 25.

The new E20W is the same physical size as a black powder `D` motor at 24 X 70mm, but is only slightly heavier. It generates 36 newton-seconds (8.1 pound-seconds) of total impulse over a burn time of 1.7 seconds and with a peak thrust of 35.6 newtons (8.0 pounds). The E20W produces over twice the power of the black powder D12 and 1.3 times the power of the black powder E9, and fits in all kits designed for the D12 and E9.

The E20W features an all-new one piece molded phenolic casing with a built-in thrust ring, and ships with a FirstFire Jr.™ 2-lead igniter which can be used with most popular model rocket launch controllers. It includes the same molded threaded bulkhead as the previously-released F32T. Delay times will be offered initially in 4 (P/N 52004) and 7 (P/N 52007) second variations.

The E20W uses a high-percent solids, high-performance version of AeroTech`s White Lightning™ Ammonium Perchlorate composite propellant in a "C-slot" grain configuration. During development testing, AeroTech measured a delivered propellant specific impulse (propellant propulsion efficiency rating) in the E20W as high as 233.4 seconds. Other specifications of the E20W include a loaded weight of 49 grams, propellant weight of 16.2 grams, fired weight of 27 grams, diameter of 0.938" (24mm) and a casing length of 2.75" (70mm).

The E20W will be sold in a 2-unit clamshell package with full-color instruction & motor data graphics at a suggested retail price of $19.99.

AeroTech is now accepting retailer orders for the E20W motor and anticipates National Association of Rocketry (NAR) certification to be granted in late October to early November. Shipments of E20W motors to dealers are expected to begin within 30 days.

A promotional flyer on the E20W is now available for download in PDF format from the "Catalogs, Flyers, Data Sheets & Thrust Curves" page of the AeroTech Resource Library.
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10/19/2009
AeroTech on Facebook
AeroTech now has a page on Facebook! Follow the very latest AeroTech news, information, product developments and testing at http://www.facebook.com/pages/AeroTech-Consumer-Aerospace/159005948954
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9/28/2009
AeroTech Displays 38mm High Power RMS Reload Adapter System at XPRS 2009
AeroTech displayed a new reload adapter system for its 38mm high power RMS™ motors during the XPRS launch in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, NV held September 17-21.

The system allows the use of shorter (lower power) RMS reload kits within a specific motor casing, reducing the number of cases necessary to fly a wide range of AeroTech reloads. The new system is similar in concept to AeroTech`s model rocket and R/C RMS motors that use "grain adapters" within the combustion chamber to permit the use of different length and power reloads within each motor case. However, the new high power adapter system is external to the combustion chamber and actually allows the use of the same reload within multiple case lengths, and also permits one case to house different length reloads.

The reload adapter system consists of three components: A new "floating" forward closure that can be positioned anywhere inside the length of an RMS casing; one or more tubular "case spacers" that sit immediately forward of the closure; and a threaded retaining ring that holds the assembly together. The standard retaining ring has a large opening that permits the ejection charge end of the floating forward closure to protrude beyond the end of the case when no grain spacers are being used.

An optional "anchor" retaining ring will be made available that includes a 5/16-18 threaded anchor point for the attachment of an eyebolt or other recovery system retention. This ring may only be used when one or more spacers are present (attached photos show the anchor retaining ring). The floating forward closure has been designed with a deeper ejection charge well that allows the use of heavier ejection charges and also permits the placement of the ejection charge cap within the well instead of only on top of it.

Existing AeroTech reload kits can be loaded into motors using the reload adapter system with no modifications necessary. All reload kit parts are used in their familiar positions and configuration.

The primary advantage to using the adapter system is cost. Consumers will be able to fly reloads spanning a range of six (or more) cases by using only two RMS casings. This translates to a hardware savings of nearly $140. A slight disadvantage is that motors loaded with the adapter system will be approximately 1.9" longer and 50 grams heavier per case spacer used. AeroTech is recommending a maximum of two case spacers be installed in a particular motor for ease of assembly, but there is no technical reason why a larger number of spacers could not be used.

The 38mm reload adapter system will be sold as a package which includes the floating forward closure, two case spacers and the standard retaining ring for an introductory price of $29.99, P/N 38RAS. The anchor retaining ring will be sold separately for $19.99, P/N 38FCRRA.

AeroTech is currently designing similar systems for its 29 & 54mm high power RMS motors. It remains to be seen whether an adapter system for its 75 & 98mm motors has market potential, as the added weight penalty for these systems is significantly larger.

AeroTech is working with the Tripoli Rocketry Association to approve the new adapter system and make it available to consumers as quickly as possible. A test plan is being negotiated and certification should be completed by mid-October. Additional news will be released and posted to the AeroTech website as it becomes available.
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8/5/2009
AeroTech Receives California State Fire Marshal Approvals for Three RMS Reload Kits
The California Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) has issued classification approvals for three new high-power AeroTech Karl E. Baumann (KEB™) Signature Line™ RMS™ reload kits. The specific motors approved are:

High-Power RMS Reloadable Motor System™ I49N-P (#09049P) I59WN-P (#09059P) L339N-P (#12339P)

The approvals allow the sale and use of these high-power rocket motor reload kits by California consumers. A copy of the new California OSFM approvals is now available for download in PDF format from the AeroTech Resource Library.
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6/8/2009
AeroTech Offers EFC-1 Electronic Forward Closure in Kit Form
AeroTech is offering its EFC-1™ Electronic Forward Closure™ recovery system deployment device in kit form as part no. EFC-1K at $99.90 suggested retail.

The EFC is a timer-based electronic recovery system deployment module that attaches to the forward end of any AeroTech, Dr. Rocket™ or Rouse-Tech™ RMS™-29, 38 or 54mm reloadable rocket motor. It includes a reusable glow-plug ejection charge ignition system that eliminates the need for electric matches and similar one-time use devices commonly employed with other electronic deployment systems. A robust anodized aluminum housing protects the unit from mechanical shock and exposure to ejection charge residue, and an integral ejection charge holder retains up to 3 grams of black powder or other pyrotechnic ejection charge material.

AeroTech estimates a 20-30 minute assembly time for the EFC-1K. Easy to set up and use, the EFC may be programmed to deliver a time delay of one to over 6,000 seconds from motor burnout, in one-second increments.

Motor forward closures are available that securely adapt the EFC-1 to 29, 38 & 54mm RMS motor casings, including an extended version for the long-burn 54mm reloads. Part no. EFC29-4 is a forward closure that fits RMS-29/40-120 model rocket hardware ($25.00), EFC29-1 is the 29mm "high-power style" closure ($25.00), EFC38-1 is the 38mm high power and "high-power style" closure ($40.00), EFC54-1 is the standard length 54mm closure ($54.00) and EFC54-2 is the extended length 54mm closure ($70.00). As a bonus feature, all of the EFC motor closures are designed to eliminate the need for the delay o-ring and forward delay spacer, simplifying motor assembly.

Along with the EFC hardware products, AeroTech also offers an ejection charge kit 12-pack (part no. ECK-1, $6.00), which includes 12 each 1.4 gram ejection charges and 1/2" diameter vinyl caps designed to fit the EFC`s ejection charge holder.

The EFC-1K will be available from AeroTech`s dealer network and the ValueRockets.com webstore.

An instruction and specification sheet for the EFC-1 may be downloaded in PDF format from the Resource Library.
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6/2/2009
AeroTech Offers Prize for Fastest RMS Assembly Video
AeroTech/RCS will provide a $500 AeroTech gift certificate to the individual who produces a video that demonstrates the fastest assembly of an AeroTech, Dr. Rocket or Rouse-Tech RMS-29/180 motor hardware with an AeroTech RMS-29/180 reload of their choice.

The video must show unpacking the reload, complete motor assembly and igniter installation. Videos must be posted to YouTube for public viewing, and links to the videos must be sent to customerservice@aerotech-rocketry.com.

Deadline for entries is June 30, 2009, and the winner will be announced at LDRS-28 in Potter, NY during the dinner banquet on July 4th.

AeroTech employees and dealers are not eligible.
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5/28/2009
AeroTech Creates Karl E. Baumann Signature Product Line
AeroTech is pleased to announce that it has created the Karl E. Baumann (KEB™) Signature Line™ of specialty and high-performance rocket motor products.

Karl is currently AeroTech`s Director of Operations and was Tripoli Rocketry Association`s (TRA`s) first Level 3 certified flyer. Karl certified Level 3 in 1995 during LDRS-14 at the Black Rock Desert, NV with his beautifully finished 1/2 scale Phoenix missile powered by the then-new AeroTech M2400T Blue Thunder™ motor.

Karl said "Given the often generic and `me too` nature of many of the rocket motors out there, especially recent competitive offerings, I thought it would be beneficial and interesting for AeroTech to develop and market a line of products that are truly unique and deliver exceptionally high performance".

"We`ve been perfecting a number of new methodologies over the past few years and I agreed with Karl that the KEB line would be the ideal marketing vehicle for new products using them" stated AeroTech/RCS President Gary Rosenfield. "For example, we recently demonstrated a delivered propellant specific impulse (Isp) exceeding 254 seconds in our advanced test motors. We want to incorporate some of that technology into our future high-power consumer reloads."

The line will initially consist of products to include endburning and Boost-Sustain™ motors and a number of high-power reload kits using a specially-optimized version of AeroTech`s Blue Thunder propellant and other advanced formulations. Karl was personally involved in the selection, development and testing of the new products.

To that end, AeroTech is releasing the first three motors in the KEB line, the I49N-P, the I59WN-P and the L339N-P reloads.

The I49N-P (P/N 09049P) is a Warp-9™ propellant endburning reload kit that fits RMS™ 38/360 hardware. It delivers a National Association of Rocketry (NAR) certified total impulse of 383 newton-seconds (N-sec) over a burn time of 7.68 seconds with an initial (peak) thrust of 64 newtons.

The I59WN-P (P/N 09059P) is AeroTech`s first Boost-Sustain offering and uses a coreburning White Lightning™ propellant boost grain coupled with an endburning Warp-9 propellant sustain grain. The I59WN fits RMS 38/480 hardware and delivers a NAR-certified total impulse of 486 N-sec over a burn time of 7.99 seconds. The motor delivers a peak "boost" thrust of 173 newtons followed by a long sustain burn tapering from about 60 to 35 newtons.

The I49N and the I59WN both require use of a new 38mm "endburning-style" forward closure, P/N 38EBFCPT. This is due to the fact that both reloads are sold in a "plugged" configuration with no delay components, and no void space can exist above the endburning propellant grain. The endburning-style forward closure is machined with a 5/16-18 threaded recovery system anchor point and also includes a threaded boss for attachment of the AeroTech Electronic Forward Closure (EFC-1).

The L339N-P (P/N 12339P) is a Warp-9 propellant endburner for RMS 98/2560 hardware. It delivers a TRA-certified total impulse of 2,793 N-sec over a burn time of 8.82 seconds, with an initial (peak) thrust of 445 newtons. The L339N requires the use of a "forward closure bulkhead plug" (P/N 98FCBP) installed in the standard 98mm RMS plugged forward closure, as this reload also does not include any smoke charge components.

All three of these reloads are perfect for lightweight altitude rockets or for upper stages. Currently, AeroTech is the only manufacturer producing endburning composite propellant hobby rocket motors. Look for additional products in the KEB Signature Line to be released at LDRS-28 in Potter, NY and in the near future.

AeroTech anticipates that shipments of the new KEB reloads to its dealers will begin in 3 to 4 weeks.

Motor instructions, thrust curves, assembly drawings and the official NAR and TRA certification documents for the three new KEB reloads are now available for download in PDF format from the AeroTech Resource Library.
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5/19/2009
Federal BATFE Permits No Longer Required to Purchase and Store AeroTech High-Power Motors and Reload Kits
Following the resolution of a long and difficult legal struggle, AeroTech is very happy to report that effective immediately all AeroTech high-power (generally `H` class and above) rocket motors and reload kits are now free from regulation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). This means that NO federal BATFE permits are required to purchase, store, sell or use these products by either dealers or consumers.

Customers are reminded that AeroTech high-power motors and reloads must only be sold to individuals 18 years of age or older in possession of a NAR or Tripoli user certification level commensurate with the motors they wish to purchase. Also, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations remain in effect regarding the operation of all high-power rockets.

Please read the Joint Statement on the BATFE Litigation from the NAR and TRA dated 5/18/09 below, and the order from District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton.

Thanks go out to the officials of the TRA and NAR, their legal team and the members, dealers and manufacturers who supported this effort over many years.

Also, many AeroTech high-power reload kits may be shipped via USPS Parcel Post® without incurring a hazmat fee. A complete listing in PDF format may be downloaded from the Resource Library.

On a related topic, AeroTech would like to inform customers that as of 11/24/08 FAA ATC notification is no longer required for any AeroTech rocket kit using the recommended motors. FAA final rule 2007-27390 may be downloaded in PDF format from the Resource Library.
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5/18/2009
Joint Statement on the BATFE Litigation
Since the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives has not appealed the decision of the Federal District Court of March 16, 2009, which ordered the agency to vacate their classification of APCP as an explosive, and the period for their ability to do so has expired as of May 16, 2009, on advice of counsel, we believe that the judgment is considered final although we have not received confirmation from the BATFE. Accordingly, members may operate under the understanding that APCP rocket motors are no longer regulated as an explosive material by BATFE, and no longer require permits formerly required by the agency to buy, sell, or possess such motors.

Members possessing a LEUP are advised that they should evaluate their individual situation based upon whether they possess (or plan to possess) and store materials that are still considered regulated by BATFE. While APCP rocket motors are now no longer regulated under the requirements of the "Orange Book" and are not subject to requiring a LEUP, other materials may be subject to these requirements.

Members are also reminded that both TRA and NAR safety codes stipulate what motors they may possess, depending on their level of flyer certification. These rules still apply to our members. We likewise strongly encourage vendors of hobby rocket motors to continue to work cooperatively with the rocketry community to only sell rocket motors to customers who possess flyer certifications commensurate with the motors they wish to purchase. Ensuring we maintain our strong level of self-regulation will be an essential element in our ability to retain this freedom from overregulation by outside agencies.

Members should immediately contact the leadership of TRA or NAR should they encounter situations where any BATFE personnel conduct themselves inconsistent with the final judgment of the Federal District Court.

Ken Good, President Tripoli Rocketry Association

Trip Barber, President National Association of Rocketry

The 4-page order by District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton may be downloaded from the Resource Library in PDF format.
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5/1/2009
New 2009-2010 AeroTech Catalog To Be Released at TARC Finals
The new AeroTech Consumer Aerospace 2009-2010 product catalog is planned for release during the Team America Rocket Challenge (TARC) finals in The Plains, VA on May 15-16. The 20-page catalog includes new rocket action photos taken by contributors Mark Canepa, Steve Jurvetson and Nancy Snyder. MDRA member Dan Michael`s 3/4 scale Patriot is featured on the cover and elsewhere. The catalog includes all recently introduced Mojave Green™, Black Max™ and Warp-9™ motors and RMS™ reload kits, the 98/15360 N1000W long burn motor and a number of other new products that will be released prior to LDRS-28. In addition, motor technical data, thrust curves and AeroTech kit projected altitudes have been updated to include the latest model rocket RMS and standard hobby line single-use & LMS™ model rocket motors.

The new AeroTech catalog is now available for download in PDF format from the AeroTech Resource Library.
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3/31/2009
New AeroTech Hobby Line Dealer Announced
AeroTech is pleased to announce the addition of Always Ready Rocketry (ARR) as a new dealer of its hobby line rocket products in sunny Tampa, FL. Randall Ejma, owner of ARR, is very excited about the prospects of being an onsite vendor for local launches at Tripoli Tampa, as well as providing a convenient national online webstore. Mr Ejma commented, "There was definitely a void for these products at our monthly launches, and I think it`s great to see so much business so quickly. I`m especially excited about mid-power rocketry people being able to experience the awesome acceleration of the G339N Warp-9 reload too."

We offer him congratulations and hope that you will visit his site and get involved in this fast-moving hobby! The Always Ready Rocketry website can be viewed at http://www.alwaysreadyrocketry.com.
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3/20/2009
HOT!! AeroTech Unveils New 24mm Single-Use Motor at NARCON 2009
AeroTech is releasing its first new 24mm single-use motor since 2001, the 24 X 95mm Blue Thunder™ F32T, during NARCON 2009 in Wethersfield, CT.The F32T features an all-new molded phenolic casing with a built-in thrust ring, a new molded plastic bulkhead and uses a specially-optimized version of AeroTech`s Blue Thunder propellant which delivers an astounding specific impulse of 225 seconds! The F32T produces a beautiful translucent blue exhaust plume with "mach diamonds" similar to the redesigned G80T. With a propellant weight of only 25.8 grams, the F32T may be shipped via U.S. Mail Parcel Post® with no hazmat fee. The F32T will be available in three time delays: F32-4T (P/N 63204), F32-6T (P/N 63206) and F32-8T (P/N 63208)

The National Association of Rocketry (NAR) certified total impulse for the F32T is 56.9 N-sec. The 225 second delivered Isp is the highest ever recorded for a NAR-certified single-use model rocket motor. Other statistics include a burn time of 1.66 seconds, an average thrust of 34.1 newtons, peak thrust of 61.9 newtons, propellant mass of 25.8 grams and an initial mass of 65 grams. It may be used interchangeably in kits designed for other 24 x 95mm motors such as the black powder E9. The F32T has the same initial mass as the E9, but delivers over twice the total impulse.

The F32T single-use motor will be available from AeroTech and its dealers at an introductory price of $15.90 each. AeroTech is accepting orders for the F32T now and anticipates shipments to its dealers and distributors to begin shortly. The F32T has already been approved by the California Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) for sale and use by California consumers.

Motor instructions, the official NAR certification document and the OSFM approval for the F32T are now available for download in PDF format from the AeroTech Resource Library
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3/18/2009
Joint TRA/NAR Statement on the Lawsuit vs. BATFE
After a conference with our legal counsel, we provide the following information to our members on how to proceed in the aftermath of the favorable decision by Judge Walton in our lawsuit to eliminate the unjustified regulation of Ammonium Perchlorate Composite Propellant (APCP) imposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE). We cannot offer legal advice to individual members, and members should consult their own legal counsel if there are any questions about how to proceed.

First, we should assume that the judge`s decision "vacating", or rendering null and void, the BATFE regulation of APCP will not take effect until the period for appeal by the BATFE has passed without their filing an appeal. This will be approximately 60 days from now. However, even if an appeal is filed, it is possible for the Court’s judgment to be in effect and BATFE regulation to be nullified while the appeal is pending. We will advise you if this is this is the case.

If BATFE should appeal the decision, regardless of the fact that there is almost no credible basis for such an appeal or for the appeal to be approved by the Department of Justice, we should await the results of the appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals before assuming that BATFE no longer regulates APCP in the long term. However, unless the appellate court grants the agency a “stay of judgment” (which they may request, should they appeal) final judgment will be considered in effect at the end of the 60 day period mentioned above. At that time, the Judge Walton’s decision will take effect and could only be nullified by an overturn on appeal. Should the appellate court grant BATFE a stay of judgment, we will have to await the decision of the court before Judge Walton’s decision would be considered final and in effect.

An appeal could take up to six months, and possibly more time. If there is no appeal, then the regulations are automatically cancelled even if BATFE chooses not to publish a notice of such cancellation.

We will keep our members advised of the status of any appeals and will let you know the exact official date on which the regulations are no longer in effect. After this official date, you will not be required to have BATFE licenses or be subject to BATFE inspection or oversight for sport rocketry operations with APCP in any quantity and should show a copy of the Court judgment to any BATFE agent who takes an opposite position.

Second, members should proceed for now on the basis that all these BATFE regulations remain in effect. Appropriate licenses are still required to buy, sell, possess, and/or store APCP until such time as the regulations are cancelled. If you have a license up for renewal between now and late May (or whatever later date may be determined by any BATFE appeal process), you will have to renew it if you wish to perform any of these transactions.

Third, once the regulations are canceled, members are reminded that high-power user certifications are still required for purchasing or using high-power motors even if BATFE licenses are not. We have a great reputation as a self-regulating group of responsible hobbyists and our future success in defending the freedom we just won back could depend on maintaining this reputation.

Fourth, this Court decision did not change the regulated status of other sport rocketry items such as black powder, some kinds of igniters, etc. To the extent that any of these items previously required licenses and magazine storage, nothing has changed. Nor does the decision affect licensing and regulation by other federal, state or local government agencies.

We thank our members for their continued patience and for their sustained moral and financial support as we have fought this long battle successfully together.

Ken Good, President
Tripoli Rocketry Association

Trip Barber, President
National Association of Rocketry
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3/16/2009
HOT!! APCP not an Explosive, Rules Judge Reggie B. Walton
District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton for the District of Columbia today issued an order finding in favor of Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA) and National Association of Rocketry (NAR) vs. the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). The decision followed a status hearing this past Friday in Washington.

Walton`s order granted a summary judgment motion in favor of the plaintiffs TRA and NAR, denied the summary judgment motion of BATFE, and vacated the classification of Ammonium Perchlorate Composite Propellant (APCP) as an explosive.

Click here to download the 4-page order in PDF format.
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3/9/2009
Tripoli Motor Testing Certifies New High-Power Mojave Green Reload Kit
The Tripoli Motor Testing (TMT) Committee of the Tripoli Rocketry Association has certified a new AeroTech high-power Mojave Green™ propellant RMS™ reload, the L1390G-P.

The L1390G-P fits AeroTech, Dr. Rocket™ and Rouse-Tech™ 75/3840 RMS hardware, delivers a maximum thrust of 408 pounds and produces Mojave Green`s signature vivid green flame with brilliant and distinct "mach diamonds" and a moderate amount of smoke.

Performance data, specifications and price for the L1390G are as follows:

Reload kit designation L1390G-P
AeroTech part no. 12139P
RMS hardware 75/3840
Total impulse, (N-sec) 3949
Burn time (sec) 2.63
Propellant weight (g) 1973
Loaded motor weight (g) 3876
Suggested retail price $210.00


The L1390G-P may be sold to NAR or Tripoli Level 2 certified purchasers in possession of an ATFE Low Explosive User Permit (LEUP).

Deliveries to AeroTech`s high-power RMS dealers are expected to begin by late March. The TRA certification document, motor instructions and assembly drawing will soon be available for download in PDF format from the AeroTech Resource Library.
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3/2/2009
Von Delius Sets New `J`-Class Record of 19,758 Feet

Two days after setting the new `M`-class altitude record of 45,328 feet, also at the XPRS launch, Curt von Delius improved on his existing `J`-class record of 19,240 feet by flying his state-of-the-art carbon "JMAX", setting the new Tripoli single motor record of 19,758 feet.

Flying on an RMS-38/1080 motor loaded with an AeroTech J570W reload kit (AeroTech P/N 10570M, $80.00 MSRP), von Delius` latest JMAX design is his fourth attempt to crack 20,000 feet AGL, and the third time to set a new `J`-class record using a J570W. A total of three airframes have been built and flown, each improving on the original record design (launch photo by Patrick Wagner).

"This flight boosted incredibly straight out of the tower, and the flight and recovery went very smoothly, too bad it didn`t clear 20,000 feet" said von Delius.

At 26.625" long and 44 oz., the all-carbon screamer hit 1,954 miles per hour and pulled 93 Gs for two seconds, coasting for another 28 seconds to apogee. The JMAX was launched from an 8-foot custom aluminum tower and was recovered with a hybrid chute system deployed at apogee, all designed and constructed by von Delius.

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3/2/2009
Curt von Delius Sets New `J` and `M`-Class Altitude Records With AeroTech Reloads at XPRS 2008 Launch
Curt von Delius, using a modified version of his record-setting Level 3 airframe, crushed his previous `M`-class altitude record of 37,762 feet by flying it to a GPS verified altitude of 45,328 feet AGL on September 19th 2008 and also set a new `J`-class altitude record of 19,758 feet on September 21st 2008, during the XPRS launch in Nevada`s Black Rock Desert. The altitudes were recently certified by the Tripoli Contest and Records Committee.

Scorched from aerodynamic heating after reaching almost 2,000 miles per hour, von Delius` "MMAX" flight used an 8,060 newton-second, Kosdon by AeroTech Animal-Compatible (KBA A-C) M1450W reload kit (AeroTech P/N K13145P, $300.00 MSRP) that generates a peak thrust of 480 pounds during a burn time of 5.46 seconds. The rocket pulled 24 Gs and the time to apogee was 46 seconds, with the vehicle coasting for nearly 40 seconds after motor burnout.

The airframe was separated at apogee using black powder charges and was recovered with custom hybrid and Kevlar parachutes, of von Delius` own design and construction. A Beeline GPS was used to verify the maximum altitude and provide tracking during the over 5 minute descent (launch photo by Steve Wigfield).

Less than 20 days earlier at the AeroPac Aeronaut launch, also in Nevada`s Black Rock Desert, von Delius clinched the previous Tripoli `M`-class altitude record by achieving a GPS-verified altitude of 37,762 feet. Curt is also the holder of the `L`-class altitude record of 31,316 feet.

Von Delius` high-altitude design was constructed with lightweight carbon fiber composites and weighs 56 oz. without the motor. The modified design now measures 59.77" in length and 3.13" in diameter with a flying weight of less than 20 pounds. After ignition, the vehicle reached 71 miles per hour before exiting the custom-built 8-foot aluminum launch tower.

"We had excellent conditions for this launch with mild surface and aloft winds. It all seemed to come together on this flight with an arrow-straight boost and all systems and recovery working flawlessly" said von Delius. AeroTech/RCS President Gary Rosenfield added, "We are thrilled that Curt chose to use AeroTech products for his record attempts. The M1450W reload especially represents a convergence of performance parameters that are ideally suited for this kind of effort."
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2/26/2009
HOT!! AeroTech Spring `09 "Level 1-2-3" Certification Promotion

AeroTech is once again offering a special promotion to its NAR and Tripoli Level 1, 2 & 3 certification customers, available only through participating high-power RMS™ dealers.

The Level 1-2-3 promotion begins March 1, 2009 and includes the H123W-M reload kit for $12.50 (50% off MSRP), the J350W-M reload kit for $27.50 (50% off MSRP) and the M1297W-P reload for $210.00 (25% off MSRP). This offer is exclusively for individuals seeking Level 1, 2 or 3 certification, and customers must present their NAR or Tripoli certification paperwork to the participating dealer prior to purchase. The Level 1-2-3 promotion reload kits will be clearly marked "for certification flights only".

The promotion ends on April 1, 2009. After that date, dealers who have any remaining inventory of Level 1-2-3 reloads may continue to sell them until their stock runs out. However, depending on the success of the program, AeroTech may choose to extend the length of the offer.

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2/16/2009
HOT!! ValueRockets.com e-Commerce Site Now Online
AeroTech`s ValueRockets.com™ full-featured webstore is now complete and open for business at http://www.valuerockets.com.

Featuring an easy-to-navigate design, the store is divided into six major product categories: Single-use model rocket motors, reloadable model rocket hardware, model rocket motor reload kits, ready-to-fly model rockets, model rocket starter sets, and initiators, parts & accessories.

While the main focus of the webstore is on entry-level composite propulsion and related items at costs competitive with black powder motors, a number of other products are included on the site at AeroTech`s suggested retail prices. 

ValueRockets.com was created with the newcomer to composite propellant model rocketry in mind. It includes "Rocketry 101" and "FAQ" pages to educate consumers about the various aspects of hobby rocketry as well as answer frequently asked questions concerning the nature of composite propellant rocket motors and their differences from black powder motors. 

Motors and reload kits sold on the site will be shipped via U.S. Mail Parcel Post™. There is no minimum order but an $8.00 shipping and handling charge will apply to orders totaling under $100 net, with free shipping for orders exceeding $100. Payment can be made through the customer`s PayPal account, and the site also handles major credit cards. 

AeroTech believes that exposing more entry-level rocket customers to the benefits and high-performance of composite propellant rocketry at dramatically lower cost and with easier availability, will result in increased sales by dealers and distributors of the larger AeroTech products, including high-power rocket motors, and will expand participation in hobby rocketry as a whole. To that end, the ValueRockets.com "Resources" page includes a link to a list of hobby stores, onsite dealers and e-Commerce sites where the customer may shop for AeroTech`s full model rocket kit and model and high-power rocket motor lines. 

The "Resources" page also contains links to frequently requested documents on the AeroTech site such as instructions and RMS motor assembly drawings. 

A full-page advertisement for ValueRockets.com is scheduled to appear in upcoming issues of Sport Rocketry and Extreme Rocketry magazines.
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New to High Performance Rocketry?
Visit the Rocket Central website (www.rocketcentral.org) for information about how to build and launch rockets thousands of feet in the air. This site includes information about high performance composite rocket motors, reloadable motor systems, and contact information for local rocket clubs in your area. Also visit the NAR & Tripoli websites.
 
 
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